The Crime Branch of Goa Police on Wednesday registered a First Information Report for murder against several police personnel attached to Panjim Town Police Station in connection with the Cipriano Fernandes’ custodial death case.
While the FIR is lodged under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) read with Section 34 (committing acts in furtherance of common intention) no police person has been named because investigations are still under way said police spokesman Atmaram Deshpande.
The case is now being investigated by Police Inspector Braz Menezes who is heading the Crime Branch.
The FIR was lodged following a report by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate who has concluded that the Non-Resident Goan Cipriano Fernandes died in police custody.
Mr. Deshpande revealed that all police personnel on duty at Panjim Town Police Station from the time Cipriano was arrested till his death are being investigated and added that the department had taken up the case very seriously and investigations will be completed as soon as possible.
It may be recalled that Cipriano was arrested by Panjim police on 7th January evening following a complaint of threat lodged by his girl friend. Eye witnesses including the complainant deposed that police had beaten Cipriano while he was in their custody. Cipriano was rushed to Goa Medical College in a comatose condition on 8th January afternoon and he died at GMC on early 9th morning.
Dr. Silvano Sapeco who conducted the post mortem had attributed the death to two injuries found on Cipriano’s head.
Three police persons – Inspector Sandesh Chodankar, Sub Inspector Radhesh Ramnathkar and Head Constable Sandip Shirvaikar – were suspended after the departmental inquiry conducted by DySP Bossuet da Silva found procedural lapses on their part.